The Conifer trail is our newest trail in the Robert and Audrey Tobin Preserve, and we are excited to hike it with you. It traverses varied topography along the property’s edge that acts as important forest connections for wildlife passage. Towering white pines, shady hemlock groves, dense stands of mountain laurel, meandering streams, vernal pools, a birch grove, and robust historic stone walls are among the property’s many magnificent features. In total, the Tobin Preserve helps to protect over 1,000 acres of unbroken forest, and the Conifer trail will bring you to the highest point on the property. We will follow the yellow-blazed Stone Wall Trail, which cuts across a stream and through a meadow, then up a moderate slope into the preserve’s Cornwall section, running along walls of uncommon height, breadth, and beauty where the trail meets the Conifer Loop.
The Kent Land Trust is co-hosting this hike with our friends at Follow the Forest. The Follow the Forest Initiative aims to protect and connect forests throughout the Northeast – from the Hudson Valley to the boreal forests of Canada. Without strategic vision and protection, individual core forests will dwindle and ultimately erode the ecological integrity of the region. Follow the Forest unites land trusts and communities against the persistent threat of forest fragmentation. Through our community science efforts and in close collaboration with land trust partners, we endeavor to anchor this essential and resilient wildlife corridor.
Meeting Location Details
Follow Route 7 North to Carter Road. Turn onto Carter Road and take the first Left onto Dugan Road. Follow Dugan Road to the top of the road. When you think you must have missed it, keep going! You will see a kiosk, continue passed the kiosk to the end of the road for parking.
Click on the red map pin for the event address.